Gavin Wanganeen (left) with then coach John Cahill (right) in 1997
|Full name||Gavin Adrian Wanganeen|
|Date of birth||18 June 1973|
|Place of birth||Mount Gambier, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||Port Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Draft||No. 12, 1989 National Draft, Essendon|
|Height/Weight||181cm / 83kg|
1991 – 1996
|Representative team honours|
|1992–1998||South Australia||8 (?)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Gavin Adrian Wanganeen (born 18 June 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL) and Port Adelaide in both the AFL and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Wanganeen won the 1993 Brownlow Medal. Wanganeen is a descendant of the Kokatha Mula people. He is the first cousin of brothers Aaron and Alwyn Davey.
He made his senior SANFL debut with Port Adelaide in 1990 at only 16 years of age. He played 24 matches and kicked 46 goals, winning the SANFL Rookie of the Year award, starring in Port Adelaide's 1990 Premiership team and gaining the attention of AFL side Essendon.
Wanganeen debuted for Essendon in 1991, immediately finding a niche as an attacking defender. His quality was recognised in 1993 when he won the Brownlow Medal for the best and fairest player in the league, the first Aboriginal Australian to do so, as well as being a key player in South Australia's State of Origin Carnival Championship, and Essendon's Premiership win that year. In 2002, Wanganeen was voted the 19th best Essendon player of all time in the "Champions of Essendon" list.
Port Adelaide return: 1997–2006
Wanganeen returned to Port Adelaide in 1997 as the club's 59th captain and its inaugural captain in the AFL. He received 11 Brownlow votes for the year, but after his first season injuries conspired to minimise his impact. He relinquished the Port Adelaide captaincy at the end of the 2000 AFL season which saw a return to his best form. In 2003 Wanganeen was favourite to once again win the Brownlow (he finished equal second). In 2004 Wanganeen won his second premiership medal in Port's first AFL premiership side. Wanganeen played his 300th AFL game in the 2006 season, but then injured his right knee in a SANFL game for the Port Adelaide Magpies, which led him to retire from football. Wanganeen was the first Aboriginal player to play 300 AFL games. He was honoured by the Power by the naming of the best under 21 medal after him, the Gavin Wanganeen Medal.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and Achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- AFL Premiership (Essendon): 1993
- McClelland Trophy (Essendon): 1993
- Pre-Season Cup (Essendon): 1993, 1994
- AFL Premiership (Port Adelaide): 2004
- McClelland Trophy (Port Adelaide): 2002, 2003, 2004
- Pre-Season Cup (Port Adelaide): 2001, 2002
- John Cahill Medal (Port Adelaide F.C. Best & Fairest): 2003
- Port Adelaide F.C. Captain: 1997-2000
- Port Adelaide F.C Life Membership Recipient: 2006
Other Individual Awards
- Brownlow Medal: 1993
- All-Australian: 1992, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2003
- Michael Tuck Medal: 1993
- Inside Football - Player of the Year:2003
- Deadly Awards - Most Outstanding Achievement in AFL: 2004
- Indigenous Team of the Century - Half-Back Flank
- AFL Life Membership Recipient:2004
- SANFL Rookie of the Year: 1990
In July 2012, Wanganeen married Pippa Hanson, a former Miss World entrant, model and TV presenter. The couple have two daughters, Kitty Emerald and Lulu Allegra and are expecting their third child. 
Wanganeen has served as a voluntary ambassador for the Australian branch of the White Ribbon Campaign which is a men's campaign that tackles violence against women. He also lent his name to the Gavin Wanganeen Indigenous Scholarship (GWIS) at the University of South Australia, which was established in 2005 to support disadvantaged Indigenous students to complete a university degree.
He is a third cousin of Rabbit Proof Fence actress Natasha Wanganeen.
- Flanagan, M., "The Davey pacesetters", Real Footy, 9 May 2007. Retrieved on 9 May 2007.
- Wanganeen, Gavin (29 June 2013). "Gavin Wanganeen reflects on his indigenous history ahead of the Journey to Recognition march tomorrow". The Advertiser.
- Ralph, J. "Indigenous superman Gavin Wanganeen blazed a trail", Herald Sun, 4 June 2010. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/indigenous-superman-gavin-wanganeen-blazed-a-trail/story-e6frf9jf-1225875209902 Accessed 4 June 2010.
- Argent, P. "Now an immortal", Koori Mail, 16 June 2010, p. 85.
- Gavin Wanganeen's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Power pair calls it quits". The Advertiser. 29 August 2009.
- "Ex Power captain Gavin Wanganeen's search for love". The Advertiser. 23 October 2009.
- Gilbertson, Matt (20 April 2013). "Former Port Adelaide AFL star Gavin Wanganeen and wife Pippa expecting first child". The Advertiser.
- Gavin Wanganeen's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club
- Gavin Wanganeen's statistics from AFL Tables
- Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club
- Port Adelaide Football Club
- The Power From Port - Unofficial Port Adelaide Power and Magpies Football Clubs Website